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Top Iranian commander issues suicide threats against U.S. Navy

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A top naval commander, Ali Fadavi, said he's prepared to order attacks against the U.S. Navy. Fadavi is a Rear Admiral and member of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

He issued the threats against the U.S. Navy in a May 6, interview with Iran’s state-run media. Fadavi said his country would use asymmetrical warfare to compensate for their technological inferiority to the U.S.

Iran would also include speedboats that have missile capability in suicide attacks against the U.S. Navy, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Fadavi said he would use drones and missile technology in the suicide attacks to “destroy the U.S. Navy” in any upcoming confrontation.

According to the report Iran has a "great deal of practice attacking models of American ships Iran had built." Iran claims they are now capable of sinking a real U.S. ship in 50 seconds. They have also prepared attacks against U.S. aircraft carriers and will "humiliate" the U.S. Navy.

MEMRI reports that Fadavi, in a May 10 interview, "hinted that his navy was planning to use its drones both as missiles and as platforms for launching missiles." In a Fars interview, he said the following:

In the battle arena, the opposing side must be destroyed, otherwise you yourself will be destroyed. Naval warfare is very different than land warfare. In this arena, when your ship is sunk, you are defeated, and when the enemy's ship is sunk, he is defeated.

The Americans presume to be a superpower, and they point at their military capability as one of the criteria and signs of being a superpower. America's military might lies in its naval capability, and it is only by means of its navy that it can it reach other places in order to actualize its imperialist goals.

Therefore, the American navy is not merely one branch; it is an [entire] army with three branches. Its warships are its navy, its aircraft carriers provide its aerial capability, and the Marines are its the land branch.

One of Iran's operational goals is to destroy the U.S. Navy and if war breaks out Fadavi said their training will ensure “the defeat and humiliation of the Americans.”

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